College baseball elites meet when Tigers host Longhorns

Deke Bellavia
February 23, 2018 - 2:27 pm


It doesn’t get much better than LSU and Texas when it comes to college baseball. Coach Paul Mainieri had nothing but praise for his Tigers next opponent the 14th ranked Texas Longhorns.

“Texas is one of the ‘bluebloods’ of college baseball, and I like to think LSU is as well, so to have a series between these two schools is ultra-exciting. I hope we’ll play at a higher level for our fans this weekend than we did last weekend. We’d like to repay our fans this weekend for their loyal support. I think our team gained some confidence with Wednesday’s win over New Orleans, and I know we’ll be ready to play against an outstanding Texas team.”

The two powers will face each other for the first time since the Tigers beat the Longhorns for the 2009 College National Title.

Texas comes to Baton Rouge with a 3-1 record while the 22nd ranked Tigers are at 2-2 through the first four games of the season. LSU and Texas have both won six college national titles in baseball which is tied for second in the nation next to Southern California’s 12 national titles.

“I can tell you I’m excited about it,” said Paul Mainieri about the Tigers and Longhorn series.

Mainieri joined Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia on Sports Talk to preview the huge series between the Tigers and Longhorns. Texas holds a 21-10-1 edge against the Tigers in the series between LSU and Texas.

Coach Mainieri talked about how players come to LSU for big games like the series versus Texas.

LSU will send sophomore right hander Zack Hess to the mound. Hess is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA. Texass is countering with junior right hander Nolan Kingham. Kingham is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 8 innings pitched with 10 Strikeouts.

You can listen to Coach Mainieri’s entire interview by clicking below. And you can listen to all three games of the Tigers series with the Longhorns on the home of the Tigers WWL 870AM/FM 105.3.

Game one of the three game series is Friday with the pre-game show at 6:30PM and first pitch set for 7PM.

LSU's Mainieri talks Texas series this weekend

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